Lake Elsinore’s 2021 State of the City event is shaping up to be a tasty and entertaining night filled with food and fun. The Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with city personnel, have raised the bar for this event each year and the annual event scheduled for Sept. 30 promises to do the same. With a tagline of “Bring It LE!” the evening is bound to be filled with laughs, cheers and important details.
Presented by Mayor Robert “Bob” Magee, whose hallmarks include government transparency and honesty, the address will highlight all the city’s important endeavors during the past year. Whether it is an update on the newest economic developments, the many park and road improvements that have taken place, or public safety increases, Magee is set to cover many different topics of interest to residents and visitors.
Magee was first elected to the City Council in 2003 and then reelected four times, making this term his fifth. The position of mayor gets rotated, and he is holding it for the seventh time; he served as Mayor Pro Tem twice.
“During this time, I have delivered seven State of the City speeches, one as Mayor Pro Tem – this will be my eighth,” he said. “Back in 2013 we held the event at the Diamond Club at the Stadium and I rode my dirt bike along the concourse and up to the event in order to make a dramatic entry in a black suit while the James Bond theme played.”
That was not the only grand entrance the mayor has made. In 2017, the council did a play on the television series and movie “Entourage” and he drove into the banquet room at Pins & Pockets in a Razor (car) with council members Ben Benoit of Wildomar, Randon Lane of Murrieta and Supervisor Kevin Jeffries.
“The Diamond Stadium will provide the opportunity for yet another dramatic entry this year,” Magee said.
A tribute to Steve McQueen will highlight the event. “On Any Sunday,” which was released in 1971, was a popular big-screen hit that documented motorcycle enthusiasts. A large part of the movie showcased Malcolm Smith’s exploits in Europe, Baja and the Elsinore Grand Prix.
“In the movie Steve McQueen rides under an assumed name, Harvey Mushman,” Magee explained. “For years we have named our annual endurance race the Mushman 100 in his honor. Little known fact: he broke his foot while racing in the GP and was on crutches when he raced the 12 hours of Sebring, where he finished second to Mario Andretti.”
Magee said that McQueen’s movie “LeMans” was also released in 1971.
“It was a work of passion for him although it did not gain much acclaim at the box office,” he said. “It was very innovative in how it showed sports car racing to the general public. We will emphasize both movies in our opening. But Steve McQueen also did an advertisement for the Honda 250 that was produced between 1972-1974 called the “Elsinore.” So with those connections, I believe he epitomizes the Dream Extreme lifestyle that we exude in Lake Elsinore.”
Ticket cost for the 2021 State of the City address has been reduced to $25 to encourage attendance but as done in 2020, a Facebook Live option will be offered.
“It will be in the open air so that people can feel comfortable as COVID continues to be with us,” Magee said.
The Sept. 30 event at Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium, 500 Diamond Dr., will begin with a reception and “Taste of LE” at 4 p.m., followed by the mayor’s address at 5:30 p.m.
To RSVP and learn about sponsorship opportunities, www.lakeelsinore.chamber.com.